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Aaron Rodgers is still angry about Monday’s game, but not over their obviously unfair loss, but the fact that it’s starting to feel like the NFL cares more about the money than the game… or even the players.
Rodgers used his weekly radio show on Tuesday to dismiss the NFL’s explanation for the replacement officials’ decision. The MVP also questioned the league’s priorities in an ongoing labor dispute with its regular officials.
Speaking on Milwaukee’s ESPN 540 AM, Rodgers said the NFL’s willingness to use replacement officials who aren’t up to the task is a sign that the league cares more about money than it does about tarnishing the game.
Rodgers apologized to the fans, saying the NFL apparently isn’t willing to do so itself.
“I just feel bad for the fans,” Rodgers said on the show. “They pay good money and the game is being tarnished by an NFL who obviously cares more about saving a little money then having the integrity of the game diminish a little bit.”
“Our sport is generated, the multi-billion dollar machine is generated, by people coming to watch us play,” Rodgers said. “And the product that is on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control.”
Rodgers spent part of Tuesday’s show reading an NFL-issued statement on the air, poking holes in the league’s official explanation.
Rodgers dismissed the statement’s assertion that “officials” determined that both Tate and Jennings had possession of the ball.
And the quarterback also scoffed at the notion that replacement referee Wayne Elliott determined that there was no indisputable visual evidence to overturn the call on the field through instant replay.
“I mean, come on, Wayne, that’s embarrassing,” Rodgers said. “This is the NFL here saying they should have called pass interference and saying that the refs got it right in the end zone. Unbelievable.”